Man let off the hook by grand jury for throwing full beer can at Ted Cruz during World Series parade

A nose-ring-wearing guy who most certainly looks like a leftist has reportedly been let completely off the hook for throwing a beer can at Sen. Ted Cruz during a parade two months ago.

Why? Because the guy apparently successfully convinced a grand jury that he’d simply been “trying to get the Senator to chug a drink,” as reported by John Wayne Ferguson of the Houston Chronicle.



The guy, identified as Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, was arrested on Nov. 7th, the day of the Astros World Series victory parade.

“HPD made one arrest during today’s victory parade. A male, 33, threw a beer can at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as the Senator was on a float in the 2400 block of Smith St. The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area. The Senator did not require medical attention,” the Houston Police Department reported at the time.

“Nearby HPD officers arrested the male without further incident. He was taken to jail and faces assault charges. We will release the suspect’s name and booking photo here when formal charges are filed,” the department added.

Below is a photo of the guy:

Does he look like a conservative, particularly the type who’d want to drink a beer with Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s otherwise reviled by the left?

Watch him throwing the beer can below:

Notice how the can almost hit Cruz in the face.

According to local station KPRC, a witness told prosecutors “he was standing appropriately 15 feet behind Cruz when he observed Arcidiacono run up towards a barrier wall at the parade and throw the two cans at Cruz.”

“A prosecutor said a witness was able to grab Arcidiacono while he was running away and walk him over to officers after he threw the cans,” the station reported last week.

“Arcidiacono allegedly told officers, ‘I know, I’m an idiot. I’m sorry,’ while he was being detained. He was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He then posted a bond, which had been set at $40,000.”

Cruz meanwhile essentially shrugged it all off.

“As always I’m thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action. I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm,” he tweeted after the parade.


Now fast-forward to these past week, when a grand jury chose to not indict Arcidiacono.

“The charges have been dropped against the man accused of throwing cans of White Claw at Sen. Ted Cruz during the Astros World Series parade. A grand jury failed to find an indictment,” Ferguson reported.

The lack of an indictment sparked some outrage on social media, even from — surprisingly enough — a very few number of people who don’t like Cruz but who do still have respect for the law and basic decency.

“Not that Cancun Ted isn’t a terrible person, but this guy should probably do a little time… we really shouldn’t tolerate people throwing beer cans at folks,” one such critic opined on Twitter.

Look at this and other complaints below:


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